BWW Spotlights VIOLET Star Sutton Foster's Blooming Career
In honor of VIOLET's opening on Broadway tonight, BroadwayWorld is highlighting Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster's body of work.
Sutton's humble beginnings in the ensembles of GREASE, ANNIE, LES MISERABLES and THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL led to her first big break -- her Tony-winning performance in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. She went on to showcase her comedy chops in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SHREK and ANYTHING GOES. And now she has a chance to let her subtlety and honesty shine through in this season's VIOLET.
Scroll down to learn more about Sutton's career, watch songs and highlights, and be sure to let us know your favorite of her performances!
Role: Sandy Dumbrowski (Replacement)
Role: Dog Catcher, Cecille, A Star to Be, Ronnie Boylan, Ensemble
Role: Ensemble, Eponine Understudy (Replacement), daughter of the Thénardiers, Éponine secretly loves Marius.
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Role: Millie Dillmount, a young, "modern" woman from Kansas. Originally, her goal is to marry for wealth, rather than love.
Accolades (won): 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2002 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical
Role: Jo March, a passionate young woman with big dreams. The story centers around her life.
Accolades (nominated): 2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2005 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Role: Janet Van De Graaff, a Broadway star, who plans to give up her career for married life.
Accolades (nominated): 2006 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2006 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical
Role: Inga, a yodeling lab assistant with a degree in Laboratory Science from the local community college.
Role: Princess Fiona, a young woman with a secret, who has been waiting most of her life for a prince to rescue her from her dragon-protected tower.
Accolades (nominated): 2009 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2009 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical
Role: Reno Sweeney, an evangelist turned nightclub singer and an old friend of Billy's.
Accolades (won): 2011 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2011 Tony Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Role: Violet, a young disfigured woman who embarks on a journey by bus in order to be healed.